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Two women jump off Rainbow Falls, one injured

Fire/rescue responded to a 1:08 p.m. alarm Tuesday (Jan 12) to Rainbow Falls for a woman who was injured after jumping off the waterfall.

Fire dispatch reports that bystanders saw two women in their 20s jump off the 80-foot tall Rainbow Falls. One woman was injured after the jump. Both women were helped to the river bank by the bystanders to the southeast side on bottom of Rainbow Falls.

The women were airlifted to safety by Chopper One where the injured woman was treated by medics and taken to Hilo Medical Center.

Factoid from Red Bull which sponsors professional cliff diving:

During the 3-second fall from 85 feet (26 meters), competition divers at the 2009 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series experienced forces of 2 to 3 Gs when they hit the water and decelerated. That’s nine times stronger than the forces Olympic high divers feel diving from 33-foot (10-meter) high platforms. By the time they reached the water, the cliff diving competitors were traveling at speeds of 53 to 62 mph (85 to 100 kph) more info

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